It’s my birthday tomorrow so in the post I get letters every day offering me insurance that I really need so my family will be ‘taken care of’. I would rather save and invest my money and leave that to my family, rather than get robbed blind by a bunch of 21st century spivs. Even National Savings is robbing people with lousy interest rates on their ‘pensioner bonds’. They think people are stupid.
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Post 4 in a series of ethnographic notes sent from the Pacific Ocean. View more from the series here.
The 3rd mate’s seafaring career began with a desire for basketball shoes. “When I was really young, I saw these guys coming home – seamen from my province – and they looked really amazing,” he shares one afternoon as we stare across the ocean from the bridge, where he is on watchkeeping duty for 8 hours a day. “They had these fancy dresses, basketball shoes… at that time I really liked basketball, so when I saw those brand new shoes, I said, ‘ok, I want that too’. The other men in my town, they were not the same. Even if they had a higher degree of education, they didn’t have those things the seaman were having. So I thought, why study those courses the…
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सामन्य ज्ञान के विधार्थियों के लिए यह जानकारी रोचक है क्योंकि अगर किरन बेदी स्वतंत्र भारत की पहली महिला IPS नहीं थीं तो आज तक लोगों को एक झूठ बताया जाता रहा और खुद किरन बेदी का ऐसा दावा करना अभी झूठा सिद्ध हो जाता है|
14 June 1957 के The Times Of India में छपी खबर बताती है कि पंजाब कैडर की सुरजीत कौर पहली आई.पी.एस अधिकारी थीं| आश्चर्य है कि भारत के उस दौर के तमाम आई.पी.एस अधिकारियों ने कभी किरन बेदी के बारे में फैलाये गये दावे को गलत तथ्य घोषित नहीं किया| आई.पी.एस एकेडेमी ने भी सही तथ्य न बता कर अपने कर्तव्य का पालन नहीं किया| बरसों से जाने सामान्य ज्ञान के कितने प्रश्न पत्रों में किरन बेदी को पहली महिला आई.पी.एस अधिकारी बताकर कितने ही उम्मीदवार उत्तीर्ण हुए होंगे|
“It is far too early to dismiss the possibility of a future Hindu State in India. However, the possibility does not appear a strong one. The secular state has far more than an even chance of survival in India” (India as Secular State, 1963).
It was the early sixties when American political scientist Donald Eugene Smith commented about the “possibility of a Hindu state in India”. Today, even to a layperson, the secular state in India seems to be standing on very weak foundations, and the possibility of a Hindu State is far stronger than it was half a century ago, in 1963.
Perhaps, a pertinent expression of this transformation of India is the metamorphosis we witness in the image of Nathuram Godse – the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi, as part of a conspiracy which was hatched by many bigwigs of the Hindutva Supremacist movement. The makeover in…
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